When I heard the news about Pixar moving forward with Toy Story 4, my first reaction was mixed. Where do you go next after such a perfect ending to a trilogy? I bet that is something we all wondered, even the studio heads. Then John Lasseter came along, who directed the first two Toy Story installments, and was producer on pretty much everything Pixar. He pitched an idea so irresistible for Toy Story 4, that he signed on to direct it himself.
Now, studio president Jim Morris reveals some details on Toy Story 4 in an interview with Disney Latino (via collider):
The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.
It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.
A love story huh? That’s certainly a new direction. I think its good news this won’t be a continuation of the third film. We’ve had three fantastic films focus on the bond between a child and their toys. Time for something fresh. As for who the love story will revolve around, there are so many choices. Some sites are saying that Barbie and Ken would be a likely choice. I say no. Not that I’m deeply invested in this like I once was, this film is for a new generation of kids. But focus on the main characters of Toy Story and center it on them. Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Potato Heads. My money is on Buzz.
Toy Story 4 will hit theaters on June 16, 2017